Sunday Evening Message: November 15, 2020

Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message. 


Helping Families in Need in Our Community

Throughout the year our school receives a number of requests to help families in need in our community, and these requests typically increase during the winter months.  If you would like to make a donation to help families in the Northwest community, please select “Online School Payments” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Northwest website.  Thank you for your consideration.


Schedule for This Week: Monday, November 16 – Friday, November 20

This week we will have regular “A” days on Monday and Thursday.  We will have regular “B” days on Tuesday and Friday.  All classes will have optional student check-ins on Wednesday.  For the complete schedule for this week, please select “Daily Student Schedule Information” in the “News” section of the Northwest website.


Proposed Framework for Return of Students to In-person Instruction

Earlier this month MCPS released a proposed framework for the return of students to in-person instruction, starting in January.  Last Wednesday parents received a short survey asking them to indicate whether their child will remain exclusively in a virtual learning environment, or engage in a combination of in-person and virtual instruction.  The Family Preference Survey is available on the MCPS website, and all families are asked to complete the survey by Thursday, December 3.  MCPS has also prepared a Family Learning Guide to Help Determine Learning Preferences that is available on the MCPS website as well.


Virtual National Hispanic College Fair: Tuesday, November 17

The National Hispanic College Fair will be held virtually this Tuesday, November 17, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The fair is free and open to high school students and their parents/guardians.  There will be opportunities to connect with colleges and universities; join group discussions and chat with admissions counselors; and watch videos from virtual college and university booths.  For more information, and to register, please visit National Hispanic College Fair.


Virtual PTSA/Booster Club Meeting: Tuesday, November 17

There will be a joint meeting of the PTSA and Booster Club this Tuesday, November 17, at 7:00 pm.  All parents and guardians are invited to attend!  The link to access the meeting will be posted in the “News” section of the Northwest High School website one hour prior to the start of the meeting.  For more information about our PTSA and Booster Club, and to join, please visit


Sophomore Class Fundraiser at Kentlands Chipotle: Wednesday, November 18

The sophomore class is sponsoring a fundraiser at the Kentlands Chipotle this Wednesday, November 18, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  In order for the sophomore class to receive a portion of the proceeds, you must mention Northwest to the cashier or use the code 48ZZZTP when ordering online.


PTSA Fundraiser at Noodles in the Kentlands: Thursday, November 19

Our PTSA is sponsoring a fundraiser at Noodles in the Kentlands this Thursday, November 19, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  In order for the PTSA to receive a portion of the proceeds, you must show this flyer (Noodles Fundraiser Flyer) to the cashier or use the code GIVING25 when ordering online.


Materials Distribution This Week

A small number of classes have 2nd quarter instructional materials that were distributed at the end of October, and teachers notified the students in the classes about these materials.  For families that still need to pick up these materials, the last opportunities to pick them up will occur in the lower parking lot between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm this Tuesday, November 17, and Friday, November 20. 


Senior Class Spirit Wear Fundraiser

The PTSA and Booster Club are sponsoring an online spirit wear fundraiser to support the senior class, through Tuesday, December 1.  The fundraiser includes both senior class and general Northwest merchandise.  All items will be delivered to your home, and there are no shipping costs.  For more information, and to order, please visit Senior Class Spirit Wear Fundraiser.


Collecting Photographs for the Yearbook

The students in our yearbook classes are working hard to publish a yearbook this year and will be periodically collecting pictures to make that possible.  Currently the students are seeking pictures of quarantine pets, workouts, summer fun, home workspaces, arts and crafts, how students are supporting sports teams, school/class spirit, and at-home fashion trends.  If you would like to submit one or more photographs, please follow the directions in the “News” section of the Northwest website (Submitting Pictures for Yearbook).  Please make sure that all photographs include only members of your household, and please note that we will not be able to use all photographs that are submitted.  Information about ordering yearbooks will be shared later this semester.


As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you for your support of Northwest, and have a great evening!